Submission Guidelines

Write for Us

We’re delighted you’re interested in writing for us. Your pitch for a feature story (1,800–2,000 words) should include a detailed description of the subject you’d like to write about, links to your clips or CV, a news peg, and a preview of the academic articles from JSTOR that you’d like to reference. Please keep in mind that we generally cannot cite JSTOR Book chapters. We will provide access to JSTOR for writers who need it, but we encourage you to use the free MyJSTOR reading program to do preliminary research. Please include the word “submission” in the subject line of your email to We generally need at least two months lead time for stories about upcoming events.

PLEASE NOTE:  We are currently accepting pitches for publication in summer and fall 2020. We are particularly looking for writers to write about some of the new Open Community Collections on JSTOR, the South Asia Open Archives and Struggles for Freedom: Southern Africa.

We’re excited by stories that tease out the details or that look at the obvious in a non-obvious way. Subjects that are newsworthy, entertaining, quirky, surprising, and enlightening are right up our alley. Each of our stories is informed by and provides open access to underlying scholarship on JSTOR. Because JSTOR’s digital library holds mostly archival content (rather than just-published research), our stories tend to look at the ways the present is informed by the past—or the ways the past lives on inside the present.

We’re not usually interested in republishing content that’s been previously published, articles written for specialists in a particular discipline, or anything that feels like work to read. We are interested in timely, engaging, and reported stories on scholarly topics, including interviews with researchers doing cutting-edge work in their fields. For more advice about writing successful pitches, check out this Nieman Lab article.

Please keep in mind that we are a very small team. If you don’t hear from us within three weeks, feel free to send a follow-up query. If you still don’t hear from us, it’s safe to assume your submission isn’t a fit.

All of our contributors are paid.